Relaxation and Meditation in Noosa Heads

 

Meditation practice is one tool that assists with stress management but there are many others.

 

Learn meditation in Noosa with Christine Barnes

Our world is overly full of stress and its often hard to manage all the demands that we place on our body and our mind.

 

In her private consultations, Christine of The Body Guard takes a holistic approach to stress management. She introduces clients to effective breathing techniques, nutrition to optimize stress management,  life style considerations,  supports and supplements, as well as skills in developing good meditation practice.

 

Learn meditation in Noosa with Christine Barnes

 

Individual attention within a private consultation is the best way of ensuring results fast. Each private relaxation, meditation and stress management session is designed specifically for an individual’s physical, mental and emotional needs,  goals,  and physical limitations. 

 

Learn meditation in Noosa with Christine Barnes

 

For more details and to book a private session contact us

Tel:0421 379615, 07 31512183

Check out also our Guided Meditation CDs.

 

 

Christine is also available as a guest lecturer for Yoga and Meditation Classes subject to availability. Master classes can be also be arranged. 

 

Pricing

 
Private Breathing and Meditation Instruction  1 hour   $120
 

What is Meditation


The Essence


Meditation exercises are basically mental disciplines aimed at developing skills to regulate where our attention is focused. Although there are many different varieties of meditation, the essence of meditation practice is cultivating an attitude of non-judgemental awareness whilst deliberately directing attention to the senses (focusing on the breath, sounds, smell, touch, etc), body consciousness, consideration of a subject, object or process, and mindfulness etc.


Reduce Internal Chatter
 

Meditation can create a state of consciousness that reduces internal chatter. It has been described as “thoughtless awareness” (Ramamurthi, 1995) and as such is very different to rest or sleep.

Scientific research has shown that meditation has many benefits such as:-
•    Slowing down the aging process
•    Alleviating pain
•    Improving sleep
•    Lowered serum cholesterol level
•    Increased blood flow to brain making us smarter
•    Improved memory


Why Meditation


Be Happy, Positive and Healthy


Meditation promotes feelings of deep relaxation and stress relief, improves concentration and self-control, enhances a positive mood and resilience to negative life events as well as promoting emotional stability. Improvements may also be seen in the quality of sleep, work efficiency, and ability to learn.

Studies further indicate meditation has a role in the prevention of stress-related illness such as respiratory, hypertensive and cardiovascular disease. For example, positive improvements have been seen in patients with asthma after only four weeks of training. 


The practice of meditation has also shown:-
•    Increased feelings of happiness
•    Reduced levels of anxiety
•    Reduced levels of depression
•    Increased sensitivity
•    Increased compassion
•    Increased emotional awareness. 


Know Yourself
 

The practice of meditation assists the mind in dealing with thoughts and emotions. Meditation also exercises the mind and allows you clearer access to your strengths for self-healing. The practice of meditation further develops a greater awareness of your subconscious and therefore a more accurate knowledge of yourself.


Investment in De-stressing
 

Stress increases the incidence of damage and genetic mutations to our DNA, impairs the body’s ability to repair the damage and increases oxidation.  A common trigger for many diseases, inappropriate or excess stress also accelerates age-related brain cell loss. Given that our mental state may promote or slow the onset of age-related diseases, looking after your mind would seem to be a good way of looking after your genes. Meditation does just that!


Feel Better
 

The University of Massachusetts Medical School has completed twenty eight years of research on meditation that shows consistent, reliable and reproducible reductions in medical and psychological symptoms across a wide range of medical diagnoses including chronic pain conditions, anxiety and panic attacks.  In addition, the school has discovered that meditators have a heightened sense of self and a greater ability to act effectively under high degrees of stress.


Save Money


Meditation reduces the cost of medical treatment when used in an integrative approach.  Randomized clinical trials (Kabat-Zinn, Wheeler, et al 1998) have shown that guided meditation, when used in an integrative approach, increased the rate of healing by approximately four times thus reducing cost. The same study found that the integration of meditation into conventional medical treatment for basal cell carcinoma also reduced treatment cost.


Exercise The Mind And Reap The Rewards
 

We all know that we can train our physical body and gradually develop stamina and flexibility by exercising regularly. The same rules are true for the mind. Numerous studies have demonstrated that it is possible to develop greater intelligence, creativity, and other mental capacities, now known as brain plasticity. With regular practice of meditation, your mind will become clearer, more composed and powerful. You will be able to apply yourself to any task or activity with greater mindfulness and efficiency.


Feeling More Alive
 

Results of practicing meditation can include feeling more 'alive', enhanced feelings of calm and heightened awareness. Meditation offers many long-term health benefits such as reduced stress, reduced blood pressure and improved healing potential.


Fulfillment and Success
 

Creative meditation can also help us with developing and strengthening particular qualities of our nature. It can also invite more possibilities and potential into our lives. For example, creative visualization, one of the most used methods of creative meditation, can assist us with fulfilling personal desires, such as succeeding in professional life or attracting happiness.  Our subconscious mind does not discern between imaginative and real-life stimuli. Although an impression may last only seconds, the subconscious mind can trigger similar emotional, mental, and psychological reactions repeatedly. Thus, by bringing desirable emotionally charged images into our awareness we can exercise productive control over our imagination and influence the positive qualities of our mind.

How Meditation Works


Heal Yourself
 

Research carried out by the University of Massachusetts Medical School suggests the mind affects the healing process all the way down to the level of gene expression and control of the cell replication cycle.  Research professor and author, Dr Candace Pert, and associate research professor Dr Mike Ruff, best known for their discovery of the opiate receptor, a mechanism of cellular communication in the brain, have been at the forefront of immunology and have measured the relationship between our emotions and the way our bodies heal.  They discovered a link between the bodies’ energy centres and the presence of chemicals that are vital to the functioning of the immune system. The evidence suggests that we are able to direct our bodies to heal themselves. 


Live Well Longer
 

Studies have shown that meditation causes changes to the brain chemistry that result in positive effects throughout the body.  Changes in dopamine correlate with increased theta activity, and also increases in levels of melatonin and serotonin both of which have been cited as playing an important role in mood stabilisation, stress prevention and a reduction in depression. In addition, melatonin stimulates the immune system and the body’s defence system against aging.

Meditation causes changes including:-
•    Increased glutamate levels (to enhance awareness)
•    Increased beta endorphin levels (reducing fear and pain, enhancing joy and euphoria)
•    Decreased cortisol levels (reducing stress)
•    Increase in anginine vasopressin (decreasing fatigue, improving learning ability)
•    Increased use of parts of the brain that promote sustained attention and emotional regulation


A Tool in Recovery
 

During meditation the brain’s activity alters significantly, as can be mapped by a device called an electroencephalograph (EEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Scientific studies show that the regular practice of meditation can be a powerful healing tool. In fact, there is now clear evidence from studies of long-term meditators that meditation produces profound changes in the brain, and that recovery from some physical and emotional illnesses is assisted by the practice of meditation.




Soothing the Nervous System
 

Resting the mind has a dramatic effect on brain activity. When the brain moves into an alpha wave state many physiological changes occur starting with the autonomic nervous system. One of the main roles of the autonomic nervous system is to regulate glands and organs without any effort from our conscious minds. Meditation can therefore have a direct impact on the way in which various glands and organs work.

The autonomic nervous system is made up of two parts, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic. These systems act in opposite yet complementary ways: the sympathetic nervous system ‘revs up’ the body, while the parasympathetic calms it down. Chronic stress or burnout can occur when the sympathetic nervous system dominates for too long. During an alpha wave state (which can be induced by meditation), the parasympathetic half of the autonomic nervous system comes to the fore. This results in lowered blood pressure and heart rate, a reduction in stress hormones and slowed metabolism. If meditation is practiced regularly, these beneficial changes become long term.

As indicated above, research combining current technological innovations (magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI) and the talents of long-term meditators has revealed marked changes in both brain function and structure (brain plasticity). The western scientific evidenced based validation of these changes adds considerable weight to many of the claims made by advanced meditators for centuries.

Regular meditation can be used to help treat a range of disorders including:-
•    Anxiety
•    Chronic pain
•    Depression
•    Headaches
•    High blood pressure
•    Insomnia
•    Migraines
•    Stress
•    Life-threatening physical illnesses
•    Recovery from accident or illness
•    A sense of rootlessness or purposelessness.
•    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

 
 

 

The Body Guard with Christine Barnes

Naturopathy, Nutrition, Wellness, Yoga and Meditation

Noosa Heads, Qld, Australia

Ph: 0421 379615, 07 31512183

Email: christine@thebodyguard.com.au

 


 
 
 
 

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